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If the U.S. Supreme Court does strike down the provision, one celebrant will be the Washington Redskins, which saw its registrations revoked because they were disparaging to Native Americans. (AP)

Offensive Trademark Ban Going Down? It Probably Should

If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the federal government's ban on offensive trademarks, don't expect much mourning from either trademark or First Amendment experts, who say the rule has never really made much sense under either discipline.

  • UK Lawmaker Needles Regulators On Banks' IT Failures

    A top U.K. lawmaker on Friday said regulators must force banks to upgrade their crumbling information technology systems following a series of meltdowns that exposed millions of consumers to cybersecurity risks.

  • Jury Hammers Costco For Selling Infringing 'Tiffany' Rings

    A Manhattan civil jury hit Costco Wholesale Corp. with a hefty bill Thursday for selling "Tiffany" rings that infringed Tiffany & Co.'s flagship trademark, finding the national retailer owes the jeweler $5.5 million in damages for unlawful profits – and also putting the big box chain on the hook for punitive damages to be determined in coming days.

  • Top House Dem Aims To Break Up Wells Fargo

    A top House Democrat said Thursday that she will work to break up Wells Fargo & Co. because the $185 million fine that the bank paid to settle claims that employees created unauthorized accounts and other recent penalties have shown Wells to be too big to manage.

  • Cadwalader Closing 2 Offices In Asia, Laying Off 27 Attys

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP will be closing its offices in Hong Kong and Beijing and laying off the 27 attorneys they maintain as part of firm efforts to focus more on “core clients” in the wake of partner exits.

  • Och-Ziff Inks $413M FCPA Deal, Unit Pleads Guilty

    Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC will pay nearly $413 million in a deferred prosecution agreement and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement, while an African subsidiary pled guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing government officials, the SEC said Thursday.

  • Justices Take Up Goodyear, Fennemore Sanctions Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case to determine whether a court must justify a link between a sanctions award and the severity of the misconduct if it fails to afford the sanctioned party the protections of criminal due process reserved for punitive damages.

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Juror Racism Claim To Test Limits Of Secret Deliberations

By Max Stendahl

What happens when the principle of jury secrecy collides with a defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights? A Supreme Court case involving allegations of racial bias may provide the answer.